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      On Only Yesterday:
      Well, I am a man too and it really hit home for me, so I can confirm from my sample size of one, at least, that you don’t have to be a woman to enjoy it! It is quite a feminine film, though, I suppose: no action or changes coming about through effort here, just reflection on the past and growing as a person from that. That all said, I do think that you do have to have an appreciation of the countryside to enjoy it. I am very much a country person and it’s where I grew up, so the idea of escaping the city and going to the countryside appeals to me.

      On The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness:
      Yes, I have seen that documentary, it was a very interesting watch. I think that Miyazaki would get arrested if he did that observation today though! There’s another documentary, included with the latest Only Yesterday release, charting the creation of that film, and it’s well worth a watch as well if you haven’t seen it. It shows, among many other things, how they took the unusual step of recording the lines first and then copied the actual faces of the voice actors as they spoke to draw the characters, which is how they achieved that unique art style.

      On Grave of the Fireflies:
      I agree with your last post completely with how it’s very much a ‘great war movie’, despite focusing on civilians, because of the relentless realism. I can certainly appreciate it, and it did get to me as it intended to, which is why I have no desire to ever watch it again. That said, I felt strongly and still do that it would have been much better if the consequences that happen to the main characters came about solely because of their helplessness rather than partially because of the stubbornness and immaturity of the the young man. That’s what disappointed me about the film.

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      I certainly can get to the list via my profile, so thank you for telling me about it.

      I’ve tried clearing my browser cache, but to no avail on the “My subscribed topics” link, I’m afraid. I even tried unsubscribing and resubscribing, but nothing shows up.

      It sounds like it might be a bug. Repeating my earlier forum search, people including Kirsty (Manager) reported the same thing around the turn of the year.

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      When I went from 1909 to 20H2 recently, it reinstalled a lot of things that I had previously uninstalled, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it reinstalled Adobe Flash Player for you. I can’t remember for sure, but I’m pretty sure that it did the same for me too, as I have both of those exact updates listed as installing on the day I went from 1909 to 20H2.

      I recommend that you open the classic Control Panel (search for Control Panel) and see if Flash Player is listed there. If it is, then you have it and need to run the removal patch again. If it isn’t, then check the following locations:

      C:\Windows\system32\Macromed\Flash
      C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash
      %appdata%\Adobe\Flash Player
      %appdata%\Macromedia\Flash Player

      If any of them exist, then you need to run the removal patch again also. If not, then it sounds like you’re all clear.

      I hope that this helps.

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      That’s what I see there too, but when I click on “My subscribed topics” on the right hand side of the page it just says “Oh, bother! No topics were found here.”.

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      My mistake! I had no idea that function was even there. Thank you for showing me.

      Maybe I’ll give it another go. Maybe.

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      There are no subtitles, so good luck!

      I tried watching some of it and I now have many regrets.

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      Don’t let anyone from West Virginia hear you mistaking the writer of Country Roads! Or did Neil Diamond do a cover?

      My favourite Studio Ghibli film is the same as yours: Princess Mononoke. I like almost all of the others you mentioned too, though. I agree with you about Totoro: Miyazaki’s portrayal of children in that and all of his other films is just spot on. It helps that all of the Totoros and other creatures are enchanting, too, of course! But yes, on his portrayal of children, it’s really just an extension of his observation of everything, I think. I’m reminded of a simple scene in Spirited Away where Chihiro/Sen puts on her shoes (if you know the scene?) and it’s animated in such a realistic way that you just don’t get anywhere else. His power of observation and attention to detail really brings the films to life to an unparalleled extent, and his adding of ‘unnecessary’ detail brings magic to everything.

      The one film I will have to disagree with you and every review I’ve ever read of it is Grave of the Fireflies. I just couldn’t get past the dislikable character of the young man. It really ruined it for me, I’m afraid. It is incredibly sad, though, and I have no desire to ever watch it again.

      One film that I’d like to bring up that you didn’t mention, though, is Only Yesterday. It’s honestly vying for my favourite Studio Ghibli film with Princess Mononoke. I know that it has received criticism because nothing much actually happens in it, but not every film has to be action-packed. One of the wonderful things about Miyazaki’s work is the ‘Ma’ (the negative space, the pauses) that he uses, so why not give Takahata credit for it too? But anyway, the two halves of the film just overwhelm me with nostalgia for my childhood and the countryside respectively because of the realistic way that they are portrayed. We have both talked about Miyazaki’s portrayal of children, but Takahata’s is equally observant. The film makes me think of how I reflect on my past and that makes me grow, just as doing so does for Taeko, so really it portrayals both adults and children very observantly. It’s a bit of a cliche to say that a character ‘grew’ in a film, but Taeko really does, yet she does so simply by reflecting on her past, not by facing trials. I think that’s just wonderful. I also love the unique animation style, it brings so much character to everyone.

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      I’m glad that you’ve seen Cagliostro, it’s easy to miss as it’s not generally included in Studio Ghibli collections, unlike the other pre-Ghibli film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (an interesting fact about Nausicaä: Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame animated the giant warrior). I’ve been building a Studio Ghibli DVD collection myself over the years, but I have not completed it yet. I’ve seen all of them other than the last few, though. What’s your favourite Studio Ghibli film, out of interest?

      On the subject of Aardman, I mentioned Creature Comforts earlier, which I adore, but there is also Chicken Run, which is also worth a watch.

      Zootopia is another excellent film, I agree. It’s Disney’s best since the Disney Renaissance, in my opinion. That said, I don’t think that it quite reaches the heights of Pixar’s best works (see my first post for my favourites).

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      I had a little serach for your mystery series, but the best I could find was a film called “Planeta Bur”. This probably isn’t what you were thinking of, though. I guess that series are less likely to have records of them than films.

      I’m going to have to side with Alex on liking the Lord of the Rings films. I think that they’re fantastic fantasy. The Hobbit films, on the other hand, not so much…

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      That’s good to hear about “The Dragon Prince”. I will make a note to watch it when I get the chance, then.

      You’re welcome about “The Great Passage”. It’s a very relaxing and sweet show. If you enjoy books and words at all, I suspect that you will like it.

      As for the works of Satoshi Kon, I’m afraid that the new DVDs aren’t available in the UK yet, nor are his films available to buy on streaming services, but I will look out for them. There are DVDs available from 2018, though, which is new.

      By the way, you mentioned Ghibli before; have you seen The Castle of Cagliostro? That’s an early Miyazaki film that is easy to overlook, but it’s quite similar to some of the early Miyazaki Ghibli films such as Laputa and Porco Rosso.

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      The Guardian also had a review of it:

      Guardian Review

      Nobody had to make Khraniteli. They didn’t have the money or the means or the technology to do The Lord of the Rings justice. And yet, simply by force of spirit alone, it’s unforgettable. I’m never going to watch it again, because I’m not an animal, but I’m glad I watched it once.

      I’m tempted to watch it, but I don’t think that I could stand it!

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      Search engines don’t ‘deliver’ a website, generally, they just link to it and AskWoody’s servers deliver it, regardless of where you came from, be it a search engine or a Bookmark.

      However, when you click a link to go from one website to another, the URL you came from (called a referrer) is passed to the second website so they can see where you came from. You can view this in Firefox by right-clicking on the page and clicking ‘View Page Info’. It is listed as the ‘Referring URL’. If you visit a website by typing the url or via a Bookmark, there will not be a referrer.

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      The Dragon Prince

      My other half has been trying to get me to watch this, so I definitely am going to, but I’m probably going to wait until the show concludes. I even held out for the conclusion of Game of Thrones before binging it, so I have patience!

      “Children that Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below” and “The Garden of Words”

      I’ve not seen the former, but I’ve seen The Garden of Words and enjoyed it. It’s very reflective and slow paced and I like that style. “The Great Passage” on Amazon is quite a similar vibe, if you’ve ever seen that?

      And of “Futurama” eternal and glorious fame.

      Here here!

      Satoshi Kon

      I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never seen any of his works. They’ve just never been available in the UK as far as I’m aware, and the DVDs are even hard to come by, at least they were a few years ago anyway.

      The Flower We Saw That Day

      There is a 2015 movie too

      There is, although it’s more of a recap as I recall. My message to anyone planning to watch it is definitely to watch the series first, and not to worry if you don’t have access to the film, as it isn’t required.

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      MODS: I came back to add another suggestion and realised I wasn’t logged in. Please feel free to delete the above anonymous post.

      I hope that you don’t mind me making a few suggestions?

      Creature Comforts

      This is another Aardman show and is free on Youtube, at least in the UK. It features interviews with members of the British public set to the animation of various animals. I genius idea, and good for all ages.

      Avatar: The Last Airbender

      A 61 episode animation available in the US and UK both on Netflix and Amazon. A really thrilling adventure show from the 00s featuring a cast of brilliant characters in an alternate unverse where people can bend the elements to their will.

      Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

      A 64 episode animation available in the US and UK on Netflix. Similar to Avatar, but darker. Some really great characters though. I wouldn’t show it to a 10 year old, however, as there are some dark parts. I recommend the subtitled version, but the dub is acceptable. Just make sure that you watch ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’ and not ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’, which was a short-lived, incomplete and inferior attempt to animate the manga it’s based on 6 years prior.

      Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

      If you don’t mind subtitles, this is an 11 episode anime available in the US and UK on Netflix. A sad but beautiful exploration of loss among a group of childhood friends. That sounds very morbid, and it’s certainly a work specifically for adults, but it really is quite brilliant. I am not embarassed to say that it made me cry! If you enjoy this, feel free to post asking for more anime suggestions.

      Other great western movies inclide:

      • Up (Pixar)
      • WALL-E (Pixar)
      • Coco (Pixar)
      • Paddington & Paddington 2
      • The Lego Movie

      Other great Japanese movies include:

      • Your Name
      • A Silent Voice
      • And of course, almost anything made by Studio Ghibli, which you mentioned in your last post but it can’t be said enough!
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